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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Cockneys Vs Zombies (SIFF 2013) - Movie Review

Cockneys vs. Zombies is the latest entry into the increasingly crowded zombie genre and director Matthias Hoene hopes this outrageous comedy will fit right in with similar titles like Shaun of the Dead and Tucker and Dale vs Evil. Rasmus Hardiker, Harry Treadaway, Michelle Ryan, and Georgia King star in a movie that also features legendary performers Honor Blackman and Richard Briers.

Terry (Hardiker) and Andy (Treadaway) are in need of a plan to save their grandfather's retirement home from being bought out and torn down so of course robbing a bank becomes the logical solution. Enlisting the help of a trigger happy gang member known as Mental Mickey (Ashley Thomas) isn't really the best idea, but it becomes necessary to pull off this convoluted caper.

After the robbery sort of goes as planned, the group, now with hostages in tow, finds themselves in a different type of predicament that none of them were prepared for. Seemingly every person in the streets around them has turned into a wandering undead devourer of brains and flesh. After escaping a seemingly unending wave of zombie attackers, the group sets out to save the residents of their grandfather's retirement home, although this time they will be fighting to save their lives.

If you think you have more than enough zombie comedies in your life then I would highly recommend preparing to head down that road at least one more time. This movie is just way too much fun to pass up and is just different enough to keep you from having that "seen this already" feeling that could be the downfall of a lesser effort. Matthias Hoene keeps the action moving along nicely and the body count stacks up to unprecedented levels of awesome carnage.

Fans of the genre will get a kick out of the tricks and treats on display and there are plenty of homages to the history of past zombie and horror films to keep even the die hards satisfied. Hoene really knows his stuff and goes all out in giving an experience that will please both hardcore and casual fans alike. Cockneys vs Zombies has that rare combination of raucous humor and bloody action that just can not be denied.

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